Congress again raised questions on Protem Speaker, Parliament session is starting from tomorrow

Ananya Shroff
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Congress again raised questions on Protem Speaker, Parliament session is starting from tomorrow

New Delhi: The first session of the Lok Sabha in Modi 3.0 is starting tomorrow i.e. 24th June but the opposition is constantly raising questions about the Protem Speaker. The parties involved in the Bharat Alliance, especially the Congress, have objected to the selection of the Protem Speaker. A day earlier, news had come out that after BJP MP Bhartruhari Mahtab was made the Protem Speaker, now the Bharat Alliance can reject Mahtab's role of assisting in swearing in the new members. On the other hand, the Congress said that eight-time Lok Sabha MP Kodikunnil Suresh of Congress was ignored because he is a Dalit. On this, the BJP responded that he is not a continuous MP. Now once again on this, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that if the BJP is giving a wrong argument then why was BJP MP Ramesh Jigajinagi not made the Protem Speaker.

Congress again raised questions about the Protem Speaker
Jairam Ramesh said that Congress' Kodikunnil Suresh (who has completed his eighth term) should have been the Protem Speaker. But BJP's Bhartruhari Mahtab was appointed on the basis that he has a higher claim as this is his seventh consecutive term. Jairam Ramesh said that if this logic is followed then why was the name of BJP MP Ramesh Jigajinagi, who has completed his seventh consecutive term, not considered. Is it because he is a Dalit like Suresh?
What did the Parliamentary Affairs Minister say on the neglect of Kodikunnil Suresh

Regarding the Protem Speaker, the Congress has been constantly alleging that Kodikunnil Suresh was ignored by the BJP government due to being from the Dalit community. Responding to the allegations of the opposition, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju had said that the MP who serves the longest without any interruption is chosen for this post. Mahtab has been a member of the Lok Sabha seven times without any break. Naming K Suresh, he said that he has a total of eight terms, but there were breaks in 2004 and 1998. There has been no violation. Now once again the Congress is raising questions on this answer.

Lok Sabha session begins from tomorrow
Mahtab, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Cuttack Lok Sabha seat in Odisha, was appointed as the Protem Speaker by President Draupadi Murmu under Article 95 (1) of the Constitution so that he could discharge the duties of the Speaker till the election of the Speaker on June 26. The initial parliamentary session of the 18th Lok Sabha is going to begin from June 24. With this, the possibility of conflict in both the houses of Parliament has also started to appear. In this session, while on the one hand the priority of the government is the election of the new Lok Sabha Speaker, the swearing-in of the members, the joint address of the President to both the houses of Parliament and discussion on the motion of thanks on it, the conflict in the session started with the appointment of the Protem Speaker (temporary Speaker).

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